1. Natalie Bookchin at #DL14 http://digitallabor.org

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    • LONG STORY SHORT - Natalie Bookchin @ Video Vortex 10 Istanbul

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      “My current project in-progress, Long Story Short will be a film, an installation, and an interactive website. The film takes form as a composite group interview, drawn from and linked to an archive of 75 video diaries. The interviewees are all are residents of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Some are homeless, some are unemployed, and some are working at minimum wage jobs, and all are striving to escape from poverty. Most have never before shared their views and stories in public, let alone on video. Instead of a single narrator, there are dozens, appearing in multiple frames of videos across a screen. This composite space – filled with speakers – suggests the scale and multiplicity of poverty in America – for every speaker, there could be numerous others. By imagining collectives and social bodies that may not yet exist, or are difficult to see in single video diaries alone, Long Story Short suggests political linkages, reveals affinities, and makes connections between unique experiences and points of view, revealing many of poverty’s narratives and the psychological states it can produce to be fundamentally shared. Long Story Short makes a link between the rise in digital network culture and the drastic increase in poverty. Video diaries were made using webcams and laptops, and have the markings of that genre: its direct address, intimacy, informality, faces illuminated by the screen. These are some of the same technologies – high tech and digital – that ushered in hardships for low-skilled workers and their families in the first place, but here these tools amplify their voices. Long Story Short draws inspiration from one the more promising aspects of network culture and social media – the shift away from a focus on single voices to that of many, and the expansion of who gets to speak in public and of what we consider to be expert knowledge. Yet social media has also produced a class of overly visible and a class of unseen – those whose stories and data are not worth much. Long Story Short provides a critical corrective, by creating a missing archive, jarring expectations, and making visible the limits of who we typically find speaking to us on our screens. It responds to our current moment of increasing and dramatic economic inequality, and explores how depictions of poverty and inequality might benefit from, as well as reflect on, current modes of digital and image mobility, dissemination, and display. It gives a platform to those who are mostly unseen, misrepresented or not represented in public, especially not in digital form. In doing so, it proposes a more social media.” Natalie Bookchin will give an introduction, show about half an hour video of this work-in-progress and then discuss it further with the audience at Video Vortex.t Untitled Project

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      • Practice Sessions: Natalie Bookchin

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        In 2011, LACE commissioned Natalie Bookchin to produce a new work titled "Now he’s out in public and everyone can see." This 18-channel video installation weaves together found fragments from online video diaries in which vloggers recount a series of media scandals involving African American men. The multiple stories intersect around themes of racial and class identity and explore popular attitudes, anxieties, and conflicts about race. Developed over two and a half years, this work creates a critical context for otherwise isolated and scatter-shot online voices, drawing links, making connections, and locating tropes between individual rants and responses.

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        • Short documentary by Suzanne Mejean

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          Documentary by Suzanne Mejean on Natalie Bookchin and her installation Now he's out in public and everyone can see. Commissioned by LACE http://welcometolace.org/

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          • Now He’s Out in Public and Everyone Can See. Natalie Bookchin Presents Recent Work

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            On Election Night, artist Natalie Bookchin presents her 2012 project Now He’s Out in Public and Everyone Can See. First presented at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) this summer, the 18-channel video work weaves together multiple stories in which video bloggers recount media scandals involving famous African American men. In her New School talk, Bookchin elaborates on how these stories—consisting of found online video diaries—intersect and overlap across space and time, often inflamed by mass media gone viral. Links and tropes emerge among the hundreds of isolated and scatter-shot voices and individual rants to create a mass performance that explores current popular attitudes, anxieties, desires, and conflicts about race. The project examines the often polarizing narratives that dominate our media-driven conversations, informed by fears over demographic changes, tough economic times, and reactions to the United States’ first African American president. * * * A pioneer at the intersection of documentary narrative, new media and cinema, Natalie Bookchin has developed new forms of the documentary on subjects ranging from globalization, isolation and mass connectivity, to labor, technology, and online DIY dance videos. She is currently at work on a participatory documentary composed of intersecting video diaries made by people in the United States hit hardest by the recession and its aftermath, as well as on a multichannel video installation about the mass online retelling and unfolding of the Trayvon Martin case. Bookchin’s work has been exhibited and screened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; P.S.1, New York; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; the Walker Art Center; the Pompidou Center; The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and The Tate Modern, London. She has received grants and awards from the Creative Capital, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Daniel Langlois Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the MacArthur Foundation, and others. She lives in Los Angeles, where she has been on the Faculty in the Photography & Media Program at CalArts since 1998. Her work has been written about in the forthcoming books The Archive Effect by Jaimie Baron (Routledge Press, 2013), and An Aesthesia of Networks by Anna Munster (MIT Press, 2013). Organized and presented by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School in conjunction with the center’s class Art & the Political. VLC = 20 Years. Join us for a 20th anniversary year, with free admission to all VLC events. Stay tuned for more information.

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            • IN CONVERSATION WITH ARTIST NATALIE BOOKCHIN

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              SESSION 6: IN CONVERSATION WITH ARTIST NATALIE BOOKCHIN Natalie Bookchin’s video installations explore new forms of documentary, addressing conditions of mass connectivity and isolation and exploring the stories we are telling about ourselves and the world. Using webcam footage and YouTube videos throughout her oeuvre, Bookchin poignantly uses video on the net and its revolving cultural, social and political terrain as material and inspiration for her work. In an onstage interview format, this presentation will offer a conver- sation between Natalie Bookchin and Geert Lovink about online video and her artistic practice.

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              • I Am Not

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                From Testament Series, 2009 http://bookchin.net/projects/testament.html

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                • My Meds

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                  from the series- Testament http://bookchin.net/projects/testament.html

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                  • Laid Off

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                    from the series Testament http://bookchin.net/projects/testament.html

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                    • Kristina Schlosser Presents "The Twenty-First Century Tiller Girls of YouTube in Natalie Bookchin's Mass Ornament

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                      Kristina Schlosser presents a section from her thesis on new media and the expanding role of the internet for the 2010 MA Orals. She focuses on contemporary video artists Natalie Bookchin and examines her work, Mass Ornament, and the implications of the individual worker/dancer silently connected by the internet.

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